Hand Plane Restoration // How To

Hand Plane Restoration // How To

Detailed explanation and restoration of a Stanley No. 5 Hand Plane. This process can be used to restore any hand plane. This is part 1 of a 3 part series where I restore, sharpen, and set-up and hand plane so make sure you are subscribed so you don’t miss those videos.

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  1. ironman tooltime on April 22, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Nice job! 🙌

  2. Paul Boettcher on April 22, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Nice job!!

  3. hafza macie on April 22, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    Stodoys plans has very good and accurate plans.

  4. newpatch36 on April 22, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    Thanks for the great and informative video. I’m wondering about the best screwdriver size for the brass screws on the old Stanley handplanes. Are you using 3/8" x 8" screwdriver or is it 1/4" size?

  5. Jens Aarnaes on April 22, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Thanks for producing a functional rather than artistic restoration video

  6. Puryear Eaker on April 22, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Nice, nice, very nice. However, you can make it better. Just google Stodoys and learn how to do it easily.

  7. Pauline Foote on April 22, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    so helpful I am in the middle of restoring 5 that were left to me.. so this is great

  8. Lisa Colbert on April 22, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Unimportant but , plane blades are called ‘irons’ . Good video 👍🏽

  9. Larry Quinn on April 22, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Hi Chris, Thanks for the video. I am looking for a Hand Plane on Ebay or Facebook that I can buy and restore. A good used one is a lot cheaper than a new one.

  10. dannomo on April 22, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    This was incredibly helpful! Thank you so much!

  11. Roman Biller on April 22, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Same here, I restore old tools not for historical integrity, for my own use! Good job ✊

  12. Bill Cherry on April 22, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    I found a Stanley Bailey planner. Following yr get ideas to restore the unit. Ty for making this video, it is make this restoration go smooth. The question I have is my back handle is broken with missing chunks and need to build a new one. Is there some info/plans to make a new on? Ty for making my days in the shop more fun.

  13. Red Freckle on April 22, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    I just inherited a No 5 type 11 plane from my grandfather, I’m planning on restoring it. This video was very helpful, thanks!

  14. GT Racer347 on April 22, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Wait, round all the edges!? Nice! Why didn’t I think of that? Genius. Love your videos!

  15. Bobby Stanley on April 22, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Do you think making a tote with curved grain at the curve would be good or is it better for grain to go straight across

  16. thewolftrap on April 22, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Great video! Both informative and entertaining. Keep up the good work!

  17. Anne Barnhart on April 22, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Have a couple of these from my Grandfather they need some TLC… and I appreciate the video on how to restore it…

  18. John Nielsen on April 22, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    I just pulled one of these from my Grandpa’s tool collection – thanks!

  19. P-O on April 22, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Excellent video, great restoration!

  20. Tareq Sultan on April 22, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Nice job

  21. Cindy L on April 22, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Love this video! I’m restoring a Stanley #4 Type15 and also plan on using it until it’s passed onto a family member. Mine was purchased for $5.00 at a local salvage store….so crusted with dirt & rust you could barely make out the brand! Also missing it’s tote and front knob. I am making replacements myself but have to hunt down the hardware….and the bolts will probably cost more than the plane itself. 😆
    Anyway, just wanted you to know I appreciate the knowledge you shared and really resonate with everything you said about why you’ve restored them for YOU.

  22. G-Batts on April 22, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    So satisfying seeing a fine tool come back to life. Nice!

  23. Nannette Battista on April 22, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Try to do it with Woodprix plans 🙂

  24. ARKI RACE on April 22, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    My plainer is just like that it was given to me by my father and he’s got lot of old tools. I’m planning to restore them all.

  25. Jim Wakelin on April 22, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    So I have an old plane that I can not fully disassemble due to rusted screws. Please suggest the best procedure to break the rust without damaging the hardware.

  26. xevi2889 on April 22, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    I love that tool! 😍

  27. FennecFox on April 22, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Is there a specific reason you used sandpaper for the bottom instead of the diamond stone, or was that just to show you can do it with sandpaper as well? I have an old hand planer I found at a swap meet and I’m thinking of getting a diamond stone to sand down the bottom and blade. It’s currently pretty rough and bumpy after the vinegar bath.

  28. Russ Gough on April 22, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Of the many restoration videos I’ve watched, this one is definitely among the very best. Great job!

  29. robin alexander on April 22, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Hi. liked video. its good, but in the making of said video you spoke about using vinegar for rust removal. Please don’t use vinegar its an acid. I collect and restore tools, no good long term comes from using vinegar. If you don’t neutralize the acid or wash it really dam well it will continue to eat steel. I have had planes come to me with this problem. You did say at the end of video my tool my choices, yes I AGREE 99% with you your tool! but I still don’t want you to stuff your tool up, you may never sell the tool but I do want you to have a really nice tool for life. cheers from Tasmania, look forward to other videos.

  30. Alan Green on April 22, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Awesome video! I have two of these #5’s I am planning to restore very soon. Both are barn finds and both will take a lot of work, but, hey..I’m retired so what a better project to tackle? You’ve given me some good ideas and I learned a couple things. Good video buddy!

  31. Keith Brock on April 22, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    I really enjoyed this man, I’m inspired to bring some old planes and chisels back to life, namely my Grandfather’s!

  32. arawtgabi on April 22, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    I just bought an old Stanley H1204 and 1203. Thanks for making this gude.

  33. Tekton Wood Design on April 22, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    That turned out Gorgeous man!! Great job.

  34. Sandra Gallop on April 22, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Adam Sandler does tool restoration?

  35. Joseph Lathrop on April 22, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    I was Sanding the varnish off my tote handle and Noticed a number three in white on the right side of the handle any one else found these or know what they are for? my plane is suppose to be a Stanley Bedrock number 605 with Corrugated Soul so its not the size unless it was taken from another plane.

  36. Mark on April 22, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Do you know a person that I can get some parts for my Stanley No 7. I got it out of the box today and someone had opened up the box I keep it in and taken some of my parts I need the brass part that holds the hand grip, I"ve got the stem but they got the part you screw to tighten it up. If you can help me I’d be your friend for life.

  37. Dominique Brewer on April 22, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    I know this was 2 years ago, but I thought you would like to know you can buy stick back sand paper on taytools website!

  38. John D on April 22, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    I have that exact same plane but in a slightly different version. It dates back to the 1950’s. Just finished overhauling it as its been sitting for over 40 yrs. Good as new, tho even new, this was never a pro quality planer.

  39. Case 2_0 on April 22, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    I’m definitely going to be coming back to this video when I get a hold of my great grandfather’s hand planer

  40. minerva dev on April 22, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    thank you for the excellent restoration video. I used vinegar to derust an old no. 4 type 16, and it peeled the japanning off a little – thankfully I only did the frog cos I thought there was a chance that might happen haha. You’ve gotten much better results than me and your japanning looks completely fine – do you have any more specific advice about derusting; specifically, if it was peeling does that mean it’s not japanning? and when you used vinegar in the past did you ahve these problems? And also, the vinegar I used left the rust on the tools and I had to brush it off which was what was actually damaging the japanning. Are these problems surmountable with vinegar or should I bite the bullet and get some proper rust remover stuff?

  41. Jon Plesetz on April 22, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Have you ever restored the jappaning on a hand plane?

  42. Tomeka Pompey on April 22, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    I think you can do it yourself, just watch and learn from Woodglut.

  43. Dan Hartman on April 22, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    "Dont like the way I restore it, too bad!" I LOVE IT!!! Too many naysayers out there. What good is a plane if it sits on a shelf getting dusty, taking up space, only to be passed on to someone else for profit? Like you, I restore mine: – I like it, I’m gonna use it, and it’s mine!!! Awesome! So happens I am about to restore a No 5, Type 19 (I think). I just have to figure a way to grind out a chip (about 1/32") in the blade tip. Gonna have some sore arms and shoulders when I’m done grinding back a good cutting edge on it. Great job. Thank you!

  44. 57Sauce on April 22, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Your dog looks like he has some wisdom to impart to me.

  45. 22busy on April 22, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    I love Renaissance wax. If it’s good enough for priceless museum pieces, it’s good enough for anything I do.

  46. Wes Wright on April 22, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    It’s interesting why you rounded the edge of the base. It makes sense. I always thought they should be sharp as. Cheers.

  47. Brewer Shettles on April 22, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Great Video!! Best way to remove paint from a lever cap? – Restoring a Mohawk Shelbourne. Thanks!!

  48. corey ford on April 22, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Why didn’t you show how you polished all the small parts?

  49. B Grizz on April 22, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Hearing you describe why you decided to restore the tool and how’s its going to be restored to do work as opposed to show off on a shelf is why I subscribed.

  50. Greg Elkins on April 22, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Very nice job!